We have just received a shipment of the fine beers from La Sirene, so I though what better way to showcase them to the wonderful people of the Sunshine Coast than by making it my beer of the week.
La Sirene is an Urban Farmhouse Brewery next door to the Darebin Creek & National Park in inner-city Melbourne, who focus solely on producing Saison or Farmhouse Ales. Farmhouse ales literally come from the same farm that the farmer produces beer out of their own grains and ferment with the natural yeasts found around their farm. Saison in French translates to season as this was a beer made from that season’s crop. Nowadays, Saison or Farmhouse is used to designate that the beers are fermented using wild yeasts found in and around the brewery. In La Sirene’s case, the natural yeasts are the backbone and formative element in their brewing. They will forage from the local creek and National Park to bring in wild yeasts that will impact the beers they brew.
Phil Markowski, current brew master at Two Roads Brewing and author of “Farmhouse Ales” asked Belgian brewers to define the style. He was told it should be something that’s dry, but not too dry, a brew for the season and something special. Not exactly style-defining characteristics, but that’s part of what makes farmhouse beers so fun. You don’t always know what you’re going to get and the beers from La Sirene are no exception. We currently have a Saison, Wild Saison, Farmhouse Red, Farmhouse Noir, Pale Ale, Citray Sour and a Praline (dessert style).
Pop by Birtinya Cellars to check them out.
For any other recommendations, please do not hesitate to send me an email or Facebook message.
From all of us at All in Good Taste, we wish you the most wonderful New Year’s Eve and look forward to spending time with you in the coming year.
A variety of the increasingly popular family of ‘Sour Ale', Gose is a traditional German style ale. First brewed in the 16th century, it has been revived in the last 30 years with the rise of the craft breweries.
Traditionally brewed with a large amount of wheat malt with salt and coriander, Gose typically has a distinctly sharp and refreshing sourness. Modern interpretations often have fruit, herbs or other spices added during the brewing process, with effects ranging from sweet, fruity, zesty and dry.
Try Green Beacon's '7 Bells Passionfruit Gose' for a style exhiting good tartness and passionfruit sweet aromas, or Sailors Grave 'Down She Gose' for a more mineral like freshness.
XPA has only become a beer in its own right within the past 5 years with some people saying that it actually isn’t a real beer style. An XPA sits somewhere between an IPA and a Pale Ale. It’s a hop forward beer with a lighter bitterness than an IPA. Wolf of the Willows Brewing was one of the first to brew this style of beer in Australia, but the style really exploded with the success of Balter Brewing Company's debut into the market with their first beer being an XPA. Another style that would sit in the same category would be a Session IPA.
Try one today at any of our three stores:
Balter XPA 4pck $20.99
Hawker’s XPA 4pck $15.99
Philter XPA 6pck $22.99